Crime & Justice

Dodger lawyers challenge claims in Stow lawsuit

Dodger Stadium on the evening of April 29, 2011.
Dodger Stadium on the evening of April 29, 2011.
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Attorneys for the L.A. Dodgers want to get rid of some claims in the lawsuit filed by the San Francisco Giants fan badly beaten after this year's Opening Day baseball game.

It's not unusual for the defendant in a lawsuit to ask a judge to cut back the allegations made by the plaintiff. In this case, attorneys for the Dodgers say in court papers that Bryan Stow and his children don't specify what team owner Frank McCourt and 13 other team entities did or didn't do that would allow a punitive damage award.

They also want some of the lawsuit's language taken out – including talk about McCourt mismanaging the Dodgers and a supposed "gang presence" at Dodger Stadium. On that point, prosecutors haven"t said anything about gangs and beating suspects Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood; they've pleaded not guilty.

The Dodger attorneys also want to take out a reference to the team's decision to cancel a half-price beer promotion after the Stow beating.

They also say Stow's children shouldn't get to pursue a negligence claim because they weren't at the game and didn't see their father's beating in the Dodger Stadium parking lot after the game. What stays in the lawsuit and what goes is the subject of a Sept. 30 court hearing in L.A.